§ MR. ANDERSON
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1704 If a new Treaty has been concluded with Portugal for the suppression of the Slave Trade in South Africa; and if he will shortly lay it upon the Table?
§ MR. BOURKE
I cannot say, in strictness, that a new Treaty has been concluded for the suppression of the Slave Trade; but a Treaty has been signed with the view of regulating the commerce between the two countries. One of the objects of that Treaty is to gain the advantage to English commerce of a harbour at Delagoa Bay. It also contains some Articles which have for their object the suppression of the Slave Trade both on the East Coast and in the interior of Africa. The Treaty has been signed, but has not yet been ratified. It will, of course, have to be submitted to the Colonies for consideration. Some time must, therefore, elapse before it can be presented to Parliament.